New Everbright to Light Up Milpitas Library

For Immediate Release
August 15, 2018

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Families are invited to come create with an interactive LED light display

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – August 15, 2018 – Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) has installed an Everbright wall display at Milpitas Library. The high tech light wall is both educational and entertaining, inviting users to create images by adjusting each dial to whatever color they choose. With 476 dials on the 4 foot by 7.83-foot panel, the number of designs that can be created is nearly unlimited.

“This new community interactive wall allows our patrons to create designs in every color of the rainbow- plus the hues in-between,” stated Nancy Howe, County Librarian. “As a library system based in Silicon Valley, we strive to bring the latest technology to our libraries. Everbright promotes fun, learning and imagination, allowing our patrons to discover their creative side.”

Everbright is also an excellent educational tool for young children taking their first steps, involving touching and manipulating objects with hands, seeing changes of color, and beginning to form patterns. The connection between the hand, eyes and the brain is critical to early literacy.

Everbright creates its bright light displays with multiple RGB LED pixels that can rotate endlessly in either direction, changing color and hue as the dials rotate. Everbright is easy to use, with the light board easily usable by all ages. SCCLD’s Everbright will be on display for several weeks at Milpitas Library before rotating to another one of our eight libraries.

The Everbright was designed by Dr. Alan Rorie of Oakland-based Hero Designs. Previously, Dr. Rorie was a neuroscience researcher at Stanford University and a postdoctoral fellow at The Exploratorium Teacher Institute. He used these experiences to help make the Everbright engaging and educative.

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About the Santa Clara County Library District

The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 2 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work. In 2014, SCCLD celebrated one hundred years of service to local residents. For the last several years, SCCLD has been consistently recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries by Library Journal. In 2017, SCCLD was ranked among the top ten large libraries in the United States in the Library Journal Index of Public Library ServiceIn 2014 and 2015, SCCLD won Innovator Awards from the Urban Libraries Council. 

The Santa Clara County Library District includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2017, the Santa Clara County Library District had more than 328,000 library cardholders and welcomed 3.2 million visitors, who borrowed over 9 million items.

Nancy Howe/Diane Roche/Erik Sanjurjo
Santa Clara County Library District
(408) 293-2326 ext. 3001/3080/3014